Fast Classics

1996 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

116,995 | Location: United Kingdom

Model History:

The Ferrari F355 was built by Ferrari from May 1994 to 1999. It is an evolution of the Ferrari 348 and is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive, V8-powered two-seat coupe, targa, or convertible. Design emphasis for the F355 was placed on significantly improved performance, as well as drivability across a wider range of speeds and in different environments (such as low-speed city traffic.)

Apart from the displacement increase from 3.4 to 3.5L, the major difference between the V8 engine in the 348 and F355 is the introduction of a 5-valve cylinder head. This new head design allowed for better intake permeability and resulted in an engine that was considerably more powerful, producing 375 hp. The longitudinal V8 engine was bored 2mm over the 348’s engine (85 mm rather than 83 mm), resulting in the small increase in displacement. The frame is a steel monocoque with tubular steel rear sub-frame with front and rear suspensions using independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers with electronic control servos and anti-roll bars. Although the F355 was equipped with power-assisted steering (intended to improve low-speed drivability relative to the outgoing 348), this could optionally be replaced with a manual steering rack setup by special order.

Aerodynamic designs for the car included over 1,300 hours of wind tunnel analysis. The car incorporates a Nolder profile on the upper portion of the tail, and a fairing on the underbody that generates downforce when the car is at speed. The car’s standard seats are upholstered with hides from Connolly Leather, and are fitted asymmetrically in the car; this results in the driver being slightly closer to the car’s centre line than the passenger. The F355 was the last in the series of mid-engined Ferraris with the Flying Buttress rear window, a lineage going back to the 1965 Dino 206 GT, unveiled at the Paris Auto Show.

The nomenclature does not follow the formula from the previous decades, i.e. engine capacity followed by the number of cylinders. For the F355, Ferrari used engine capacity followed by the number of valves per cylinder (355 = 3.5 litres engine capacity and 5 valves per cylinder) to bring the performance advances introduced by a 5 valve per cylinder configuration into the forefront.

Equipment:

UK RHD, 6-Speed Manual, Rosso Corsa Paint, Nero Callipers, 18″ 5-Spoke Alloys, Black Leather Carbon Fibre Seats with Red Inserts, Alpine CD/Radio, Adjustable Sports Suspension, Electric Windows, Heated Mirrors, Front Airbags, Original Tool Kit.

Exterior:

Arguably the ultimate evolution of the mid engine Ferrari the F355 Berlinetta is still a striking piece of design 25 years after its launch. With its steeply raked nose, deep side intakes and iconic pop up headlights the wedge shaped shaped silhouette was an instant classic that epitomised an era of flair and innovation at Maranello.

Having covered just 7k miles this cherished example presents in highly original condition; the factory designated coat of Rosso Corsa looks sensational and shows with a superb depth, with nothing more than a few carefully touched in stonechips to detract from the wonderfully vibrant finish.

Interior:

Continuing the classic feel of the F355 this example is upholstered in a stunning Nero leather, spanning the dashboard, doors and extremely rare factory fitted carbon seats. Featuring tonal red inserts and a low slung driving position they provide excellent support for both driver and passenger and give the interior of the Ferrari a real motorsport edge. Adding to the sense of occasion is the magnificent open gate gear stick; with its chrome finish it sits pride of place in the centre of the car and is a welcome sight in a modern world of paddle shifters.

Helping to keep the weight of the Berlinetta to a minimum the equipment list is basic but effective, with electric windows, heated mirrors and a period Alpine headunit the car has all the essentials for a long distance road trip or short weekend blast. Being mid-engine the storage space is at the front and provides adequate space for a couple of weekend bags, as well as housing the original leather tool kits that are still present with the car.

Engine & Transmission:

The major difference between the V8 engine in the 348 and 355 was the introduction of a 5-valve cylinder head. This new head design allowed for better intake permeability and resulted in an engine that was considerably more powerful. A hoarse bark greets the starter before the engine settles to a deep, resonant idle. Paired to a sensational 6-speed manual gearbox the F355 was one of the last truly analogue cars to be produced Ferrari; shifts are well weighted and slick, with a mechanical satisfaction that adds a real sense of engagement for the driver. 

With just 7k miles on the clock and full service history, from both main dealers and specialists, the mechanical condition of the car is faultless. 

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:

The classic 5 spoke Speedline wheels are in unmarked condition wrapped in a correct set of Pirelli P zero tyres – all of which show plenty of tread.

The brakes perform as they should, with no adverse pitch, pull or drone. The black callipers are free from chips or corrosion and complete the overall fantastic condition of this Ferrari.

History File:

Supplied by Mortimer Houghton Turner Ferrari on 04/03/1996 this incredible F355 Berlinetta has enjoyed a sheltered life, covering just 7,162 miles to date. No expense has been spared in maintenance of the vehicle despite its low mileage, with 12 services at the suppling dealer and 6 more with Dick Lovett Swindon as outlined by a comprehensive log of invoices and stamps in the original service book. Most recently the car was serviced by Dick Lovett on 02/10/2020 at 7,160 miles, where the car received a full inspection and clean bill of health, as well as the last cambelt change with the same dealer on 26/10/2017 at 7,100 miles.

Helping to further verify the cars low mileage is a comprehensive log of MOTs present with the car, with 16 certificates dating back to 1999 where the car had covered just 4,222 miles.

Included with the car is the original tool kit, complete original book pack with stamped service book, V5 and 2 sets of keys.

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